You can turn your living room into a workout room with these neat fitness tools. Many of them can even be tucked out of sight when you aren't using them.
You'll find them online or at a sporting goods store. All items are less than $100.
Workout log book: To help motivation, begin with a physical fitness exercise diary, where you keep a record of all your exercise routines and any personal comments.
Stability balls: A very versatile fitness tool; instability of ball challenges several muscles. Just sitting on ball is good for your posture. Be sure to purchase a burst resistant ball and check if hand pump for ball is included. If not you will want to buy one.
Medicine ball: Adds variety to strength workouts. Begin with 4-pound ball (or lighter), then progress as you wish.
Resistance bands and tubing: Resistance tubings are long tubelike cords with handles, varying in intensity from light to ultra heavy, while resistance bands are flat pieces of elastic about 2 inches wide.
Hex dumbbells: A good choice to buy as they have been on the market for years and are less expensive than other weights; made of solid cast iron.
Doorway pullup bar: Pullup exercises strengthen upper body and core; bar attaches to door frame, no drilling needed.
Cardio Trainer: A free fitness app on the iPhone that tracks indoor and outdoor activities, keeping you informed of how many calories you are burning.
Exercise cards by Workout Labs: Plastic cards with illustrations and instructions, showing correct form and targeted muscles.
The step: Often used use as a weight bench (number of risers used will dictate desired height), or it can be used for a cardio step workout.
Stick massager: Loosens tight and sore muscles. The center rod, made of plastic, is covered with spindles that roll over the muscles.
Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program. Sally Anderson is happy to hear from readers but can't respond to individual inquiries. Contact her at [email protected]